Honey Cream Ale recipe...feedback welcomed - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Honey Cream Ale recipe...feedback welcomed

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-06-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
MJDore
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
Mt. Juliet, TN
Posts: 107


I'm trying to come up with a Cream Ale recipe that I will use as my "house beer." I thought I'd experiment a bit with honey because I've never done so before. Also, I wanted to add a little honey malt to the mash. I know the stuff is overwhelmingly sweet so I just have 4 ozs in the recipe now. Do you guys think that's enough given the malt profile? Also, I typically use US-05 for these types of beers but saw a White Labs Cream Ale yeast advertised on my LHBS website. Any experience with this?

Thanks much!

BeerSmith Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Honey Cream Ale
Brewer: Timber Cove Brewing
Style: Cream Ale
TYPE: Partial Mash

Recipe Specifications
--------------------------
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 4.08 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 4.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 16.8 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 55.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
------------
Amount Item
3.00 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM)
2.00 lb Pale Malt (6 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM)
0.25 lb Honey Malt (25.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Honey, Clover (1.0 SRM) (add at flameout)
0.50 oz Pearle [8.00 %] (55 min)
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (10 min)
0.50 tsp Amylase Enzyme (Secondary 7.0 days)
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Secondary 12.0 hours)
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min)
1 Pkgs Cream Ale BLEND (White Labs #WLP080)

Mash Schedule: Partial Mash
Total Grain Weight: 4.25 lb
----------------------------
Partial Mash
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min PM Add 5.87 qt of water at 162.0 F 150.0 F



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
ckwatkins
Recipes 
 
Jul 2010
Windsor, Colorado
Posts: 41

MJDore, did you make this recipe? How did it turn out?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2011, 07:04 PM   #3
MJDore
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
Mt. Juliet, TN
Posts: 107

I did. It turned out ok but I underestimated how much the honey would dry the beer out. I used 1.5 lbs and that plus the uber-active yeast, US-05, dried this puppy down to 1.008 from 1.052. I mention the White Labs Cream Ale Blend in the recipe. My LHBS was out of that so I used US-05. I've since adjusted my recipe down to 1 lb of honey. Also, I'm going to add 0.5 lbs of flaked wheat to help with mouthfeel. May even add some maltodextrine. Once I try this one again I'll re-post my final recipe. Those are the adjustments I'm planning, though.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 03:37 AM   #4
ValleyBrew
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Staunton, VA
Posts: 105

Did you ever brew the revised version with less honey?

I was thinking of brewing the NB Cream ale extract kit, but adding 1lb of flaked corn like your recipe has. Also, I will add 1lb of orange blossom honey in the secondary rather than at flame-out. (I would do it in secondary to ensure the flavor an aroma are stronger...) I don't want a beer that is too dry, but I plan on using US-05 like you.

Thanks.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 03:40 AM   #5
Golddiggie
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Golddiggie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Posts: 11,995
Liked 491 Times on 427 Posts


I would increase the honey malt, and either decrease the actual honey addition, or leave it out completely. You can always add some honey after fermentation has started to slow down if you really want to add it.

I usually use 1/2 to a full pound of honey malt in brews (sometimes more, depends on the brew). It gives you more honey flavor/character without drying out the brew.
__________________
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
Fermenting
K1:
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Aging:mead
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 05:29 AM   #6
turnaround89
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
rockford, illinois
Posts: 35
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
I would increase the honey malt, and either decrease the actual honey addition, or leave it out completely
I agree. Honey itself is just going to ferment out. Up the honey malt to 1lbs. Other than that, looks pretty good. Good luck with the brew!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
MJDore
Recipes 
 
Apr 2010
Mt. Juliet, TN
Posts: 107

I never tried the recipe again with less honey. After the last experiment I just never went back to it. It fermented out completely and left me with too much alcohol warming so I altered my Cream Ale and took it out. And won 2nd place Best of Show at the Music City Brew-off! :-)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #8
ValleyBrew
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Staunton, VA
Posts: 105

Perhaps I'll add some orange peel for a little citrus which is what I was trying with the orange blossom honey. (along with just a little alcohol...) I also plan to add 0.5 oz to 1.0 oz of Saaz at 5 mins for a little aroma.

Thanks for the responses!



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cream / Sweet Stout Feedback JediJoel Recipes/Ingredients 7 06-08-2010 09:13 PM
Honey Nut Brown recipe - need feedback! KenDawg19 Recipes/Ingredients 7 09-01-2009 10:31 PM
Coffee and Cream Stout, Feedback Please Echo2112 Recipes/Ingredients 3 04-24-2009 05:36 PM
Honey cream ale recipe ?s SRTBREW Recipes/Ingredients 6 04-13-2008 09:39 PM
Critique my recipe: Honey Cream Ale gb_thirsty Recipes/Ingredients 11 04-13-2008 12:22 AM


Forum Jump